This wine club is officially is the final one for this Summer season. We want to go out with a bang, and we’ve decided to pull out all the stops and fill it with some legendary wines. These are wines you could cellar away for a special “open that bottle night” or these are wines you can just go for now and come back quickly with your discount to hide away some more. These wines won’t be available for long. They are in high demand and therefore limited in distribution and you’ll see why.
P. & E. Mullins
2018 Domaine Gueneau Sancerre “Les Griottes” Loire Valley, France
Winemaker Elisa Gueneau has been working for her family-run winery in Sancerre for the last 17 years. The estate is comprised of 35 acres of vineyards planted on the rather steep slopes. All is done with an environmentally responsible approach to preserve this terroir, an irreplaceable source of such flavorful wines. Working the land, taking care of the soil… daily Elisa strives to find the balance between the vines’ needs and respect of the terroir which has been so generously given to us by Mother Nature. A well-thought-out approach is her priority! She observes her plots throughout the year to care for them as best possible. To respect nature and the environment, she keeps grass between her rows of vines, and she works the soil around the base of the vines.There are three main terroirs within the estate, clay and limestone, pebbly limestone and flint. From each terroir, growing the same varietal (in this case sauvignon blanc) the aromas will differ greatly. The “Les Griottes” vineyard is pebbly limestone also known as “caillottes.” The vineyard is next to a cherry orchard which is where it gets its name, “Griottes” which means “cherries.” This 100% Sauvignon Blanc is aged 8 months on its lees in stainless steel to hold on to the beautiful aromatics and to showcase the structure. It is a bright, crisp, with aromas of citrus, white peach, apricot, and green apple. On the palate, it is a lively wine with excellent minerality and a lingering, citrusy finish. Hints of white flowers and white fruit.
2017 Domaine Costal Chablis “Les Truffieres” Burgundy, France
This wine was created as a collaboration between the well-known Chablis producer Domaine Jean Collet and the American wine importer Kermit Lynch. The project began with a simple barrel tasting with Kermit and led the two making this beautiful wine together. This terroir driven Chablis is 100% Chardonnay from a single vineyard site called Truffières, loosely translated as “land of the truffles.” The vines are over 20 years old planted on limestone. The vineyards are worked organically and fermented in stainless steel and then aged for a short time in 600-liter oak barrels. It is un-fined and unfiltered. Together they wanted to showcase how an excellent terroir and unintrusive winemaking process could create wines of extraordinary purity and finesse. In the glass is a golden yellow tone, its nose is bright and zesty. The palate is full of minerality, citrusy and a little bit of salinity that makes all these notes more vivid.
2016 Chateau Grand Français Grand Cuvée Bordeaux, France
Chateau Grand Français in Bordeaux stands out among its peers. Winemaker Guy Alloncle spent years transitioning the vineyards to be certified organic, in a wine region that is mostly not. He wanted to prove that tradition and modern know-how living could be in harmony. Chateau Grand François spreads over 19 acres of vines. The grapes are all hand harvested and fully de-stemmed. They are macerated in cool temperatures for a week to preserve aromatics and color. Then, each varietal is vinified separately, and blended after a careful selection for each cuvée. This Bordeaux is a blend of 50% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Cabernet Franc. It is aged 10 to 14 months in new and older French oak 600-liter barrels. In the glass it is a ruby red. The nose has elegant aromas of sour cherries, vanilla and spices. The palate is smooth, with an elegant well-incorporated woodiness and structure.
“Wine is alive; because of its life, because I like to find life in wine, I chose to eliminate all chemicals from the estate and farm organically. Grand François lives in a modest and chic environment, not flashy, not artificial. Soul, Spirit, and Elegance are the principles of each vintage”.
- Winemaker Guy Alloncle